Coach: Bonus points could add up to prizes for Scunthorpe
PICKING up more bonus points is a must if the Greens are to make significant strides up the National Three Midlands table, according to their coach.
If they can't win matches, especially on their travels, Tim Robinson wants to see Scunthorpe at least produce some reward for their efforts, with bonus points awarded for scoring four or more tries, or losing a match by seven points or less.
So far it is something the Greens have done little of.
They have picked up three try bonus points, but are the only side in the division (except for unbeaten leaders Ampthill) not to have been awarded a losing bonus.
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Last Saturday's 35-11 loss at Hinckley, a game in which Scunthorpe trailed 18-11 at one stage of the second half, was a prime example of where Robinson wants his side to capitalise.
"Hinckley was a game to target. They are a side that are in and around us in the table and you've got to target those games to get points out of them," he said.
"Up until 50 minutes we were going to do that, we were within seven points and looking as though we could go on and win the game.
"It's about being clinical in that final third and making sure you come away with some points.
"At this level, and particularly away from home, where you don't get much possession, you've got to make sure that in every visit into the 22 you come away with something. That's where we went wrong at the weekend.
"When you look at the table, we've won four games and yet the team sitting fifth have won only six. They are where they are because they've accumulated more bonus points than us.
"We're not that far off, but I think over the next few weeks it's going to crucial."
Scunthorpe are back in action at Heslam Park this coming Saturday, when promoted Bournville are the visitors.
The West Midlands club, who are based at the University of Birmingham, finished second in Midlands One West last term and beat Paviors to clinch their place at Level Five.
Although they remain something of an unknown quantity, Robinson has had Bournville watched ahead of this weekend's meeting, as the Greens look to add to their four home wins.
"They've picked up some good wins but the majority of them have come at home," continued Robinson, who will give a late fitness test to winger Rewiti Vaimoso, who is struggling with a shoulder injury, on Saturday.
"They seem to be settling in to the league and I think they'll be pretty pleased with where they're at at the moment.
"What we've got to do is keep going with that home record.
"Coming to us will be one of the longest trips Bournville make this season and we've got to make that count."